Genelec is now offering point source monitoring with The Ones series, featuring the established 8351 three-way monitor along with the new 8341 and 8331. These small three-way coaxial monitors are housed in enclosures no larger than a traditional two-way Genelec 8040 or 8030. Their coaxial driver design provides accurate imaging and improved sound quality with clear accuracy, both on- and off-axis, vertically as well as horizontally. Also, there are no visible woofers.
Like the 8351, both the 8341 and 8331 can be orientated horizontally or vertically using an adjustable IsoPod base for isolation. But while the 8341 and 8331 both echo the 8351 in form and function, the new models have been entirely reengineered and feature ultra-compact dimensions: 13.78 in. x 9.33 in. x 9.57 in. [350 mm x 237 mm x 243 mm] for the 8341, and 11.77 in. x 7.44 in. x 8.70 in. [299 mm x 189 mm x 212 mm] for the 8331.
Innovations include a motor assembly that sees both the midrange and the tweeter share the same compact magnet system, reducing size and weight with no reduction in response. The midrange coaxial driver cone is now composed of concentric sections, optimizing midrange linearity — as does the DCW, which covers the entire front face of the enclosure. Despite the size of the 8341 and 8331, each unit incorporates three stages of dedicated Class D amplification.
Short-term maximum output capacity is 110 dB SPL for the 8341 (at 1 m) and 104 dB SPL for the 8331 (at 1 m), with accuracy better than ±1.5 dB, and respective frequency responses start at 45 Hz and 38 Hz (-6 dB) and extend beyond 40 kHz both for the analog and digital inputs.
The coaxial design allows for ultra-near-field listening, creating a dramatic improvement in the direct sound-to-reverberant sound ratio and further reducing the room’s influence while monitoring. The listening distance may be as short as 16 inches, with no loss of precision.
The Ones were recently used by Richard Chycki for his latest project, a 5.1 mix of The Tragically Hip – A National Celebration.